Canadian hockey player John Davidson (left), goalkeeper for the New York Rangers, prepares to stop a shot by Billy Harris of the New York Islanders during a playoff game at Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York, 1979. (Photo by Melchior DiGiacomo/Getty Images)

6. John Davidson (J.D) (1976-1983)

  • 222 games played, 93-90-25, 7 Shutouts, 3.58 Goals Against Average

John Davidson was drafted in the first round, fifth overall in the 1973 NHL Entry Draft by the St.Louis Blues. In June 1975, Davidson was traded to the New York Rangers and a great partnership, first on the ice then later in the broadcast booth, began with the Rangers.

When Davidson arrived, he was convinced by Phil Esposito to wear the number 00. He, later on, switched to his familiar number 30. But what made J.D. known to the hockey world was his mask. The red, white and Blue mask with the Ranger logo’s on each side put J.D. on the map.

He took the Rangers to the Stanley Cup finals in 1979 against Ken Dryden and the Montreal Canadiens where they lost four games to one. Over the next three seasons, he would only appear in 12 games dues to injuries and he would retire at the beginning of the 1982-83 season. In 1983, he joined MSG’s hockey coverage staff and was the color commentator for Rangers games alongside Sam Rosen from 1986–87 to 2005–06.

“Ohhhh, baby!”

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